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SOURCE: Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

The Philippines and India have signed an agreement for a potential supply of BrahMos cruise missiles, a product of collaboration by India and Russia, which the Philippine government hopes would boost coastal defence.

Philippine Defence Undersecretary Raymund Elefante and Indian Ambassador Shambu Kumaran signed an implementing agreement on Tuesday (March 2) at Camp Aguinaldo, headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, according to the Philippine Department of National Defence on Facebook.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

On Tuesday, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh downplayed a report by a US cyber-security company that a massive power outage in Mumbai was a result of a cyber attack by China.

Singh was quoted by Live Mint as saying, “There is no evidence to prove that the October 2020 electricity blackout in Mumbai was caused by a cyber attack perpetrated by China or Pakistan.” Singh claimed the outage was caused by human error.

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SOURCE: PTI

The government has sanctioned a dozen fresh battalions of the Sashastra Seema Bal or SSB, comprising over 13,000 personnel for the force that guards the Nepal and Bhutan borders, to “fortify” defences along these fronts including the tri-junction area in Sikkim that adjoins Bhutan and Tibet, news agency PTI reported quoting officials said.

Though the Union Home Ministry has denied the creation of a new field frontier for the border force, it has allowed the SSB to create one out of three new sector – responsible for the operations of about 5-6 battalions – and it is expected to come up in the Delhi-NCR region.

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SOURCE: PIB

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff arrived at Colombo today on an invitation from Air Marshal Sudarshana  Pathirana, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF). SLAF is celebrating its 70th anniversary on 02 Mar 21 and presentation of the President’s colours to two of its Units on 05 Mar 21.

As part of his visit, the CAS will attend the inaugural ceremony on 03 Mar 21, during which a Flypast and Aerobatic Display is scheduled. The air show at Galle Face Colombo will see participation by an IAF contingent comprising of Suryakiran & Sarang Aerobatic Display Teams and Tejas LCA. The IAF contingent arrived in Colombo on 27 Feb 21. The flypast will be significant and reminiscent of the IAF’s Suryakiran Display Team performance at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of SLAF, two decades ago.

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SOURCE: Tribune News Service

As part of their annual training cycle, formations of the Western Command are undertaking field exercises to validate operational concepts and hone their war fighting skills.

An integrated exercise, Rudra Kavach, was conducted between mechanised columns comprising tanks and infantry combat vehicles and the Rudra attack helicopter squadron by the Yol-based Rising Star Corps, with the Army stating that all mission parameters have been achieved.

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SOURCE: SCMP

Pakistan’s offer to Sri Lanka to join its multibillion-dollar trade and infrastructure scheme with China under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative has raised concerns in Indian policy circles, as New Delhi seeks to secure its influence in a region where China’s presence is growing.

On a two-day visit to Colombo last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Colombo to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which comprises railways, power plants and the deepwater Indian Ocean port of Gwadar. The CPEC is aimed at offering China a major overland route from its western frontiers to the world but critics have accused it of being a debt trap for Islamabad.

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SOURCE: ANI

General Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of Pacific Air Forces, on Tuesday called on Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria along with his delegation at Air Force Headquarters and discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral ties. According to the IAF, the Comprehensive discussions were held between the two sides on issues pertaining to Air Force level cooperation and ways to further strengthen the IAF and the United States Air Force (USAF) bilateral ties.

“Gen Kenneth Wilsbach, Cdr @PACAFcalled on Air Chief Mshl RKS Bhadauria at Air HQ today along with his delegation. Comprehensive discussions were held between the two sides on issues pertaining to Air Force level cooperation and ways to further strengthen IAF-USAF bilateral ties,” the IAF tweeted. Meanwhile, the IAF is going to participate in the annual multinational exercise ‘Desert Flag’ hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), informed the Ministry of Defence.

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SOURCE: ANI

A popular Chinese blogger with millions of followers has been charged for posts regarding military casualties in the Galwan valley clash with India last June. The authorities accused the popular blogger of demeaning military casualties of the border clash, South China Morning Post reported.

38-year-old Qiu Ziming was charged for comments that prosecutors in the eastern city of Nanjing said, “distorted facts, defamed five soldiers who defended the Chinese border, and have led to severely negative social impacts”.

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SOURCE: ANI

Expressing grave concern over the presence of 11,000 ISIL terrorists (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India’s Mission to UN, Nagaraj Naidu on Tuesday said that involvement of external actors has given a fillip to the growth of terrorism in Syria.

“The involvement of external actors in Syria has given a fillip to the growth of terrorism in Syria and in the region. The presence of 11,000 ISIL fighters in the North East and reports of radicalization, training, and incitement in camps housing ISIL fighters in Syria is a matter of serious concern. It is imperative that all parties must adhere to their international obligations to fight terrorism and terrorist organizations in Syria,” urged Naidu.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

The wait for news of missing Border Road Organisation (BRO) officer Subhan Ali just got longer for his family. The forensic report of the DNA samples sent from an unidentified body found in Pakistan has said they don’t match that of Ali’s parents.

The family had been waiting for a closure for eight months since Ali’s car met with an accident and fell into the Drass river on the Zojila-Kargil-Leh road on 22 June last year.

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SOURCE: Bloomberg

At least one connection opened by Chinese state-sponsored hackers into the network system of an Indian port is still active, even as authorities block attempts to penetrate the nation’s electrical sector, according to the US firm that alerted officials.

As of Tuesday, Recorded Future could see a ‘handshake’ — indicating an exchange of traffic — between a China-linked group and an Indian maritime port, said Stuart Solomon, the firm’s chief operating officer. Recorded Future calls the group RedEcho and says it had targeted as many as 10 entities under India’s power grid as well as two maritime ports when the company first notified the Computer Emergency Response Team on February 10. Most of these connections were still operational as recently as February 28, Mr Solomon said.

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SOURCE: Press Trust of India

A BSF jawan was killed and four were injured in an incident during firing practice at the Lathi firing range in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred on Tuesday night, they said, adding that a “premature blast” in the muzzle of a gun resulted in splinter injuries to five Border Security Force (BSF) personnel taking part in firing practice.

Three of them sustained critical injuries and were evacuated to the primary health centre in Pokhran, where Satish Kumar (32) was declared brought dead, the police said, adding that the family members of the victim have been informed about the incident.

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SOURCE: HT

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested an assistant sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) from Jammu & Kashmir’s Handwara for allegedly helping cross-border drug traffickers associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), people familiar with the matter said.

Romesh Kumar is the second security person to be arrested in Jammu & Kashmir since January 2020 for allegedly helping terrorists. The NIA earlier arrested deputy police superintendent Davinder Singh for helping HM terrorists. He has since been charge-sheeted and dismissed from service.

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SOURCE: INDIA TV

To celebrate India-Canada ties, members of the Indian diaspora residing in Canada had organised a tiranga (tricolour) and Mapple Car rally in Brampton but it didn’t go down well with pro-Khalistani supporters.

Fighting pandemic with utmost sincerity and displaying fruitful ties between two nations, Canada will be receiving millions of doses from Made in India vaccines after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked PM Modi, sharing his countries need for the vaccines earlier.

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SOURCE: HT

External affairs minister S Jaishankar will visit Bangladesh on Thursday to prepare the grounds for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the neighbouring country later this month.

Jaishankar, who is visiting at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen, will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the day-long trip, the external affairs ministry said on Wednesday. He will also hold talks with Momen.

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